Lexy's Local Podcast: Chicana: Liberated & Empowered Art Show Interview

March 21, 2019

I got to chat with Betty Bangs and Patricia Aguayo who are curating the 3rd Annual Chicana Art Exhibition inspired by the Chicana Mujerista spirit that we all identify with.

"The art show is important because it gives the space for identity without compromise," Aguayo said, "We don't exclude anybody. Everyone is welcome to the celebration. We just want to honor what we do. We want to honor our roots and our identity."

During the show, sales from merch and accepted donations will go to fund permits and supplies necessary for a future mural by Aguayo in Chicano Park. The commissioned piece will occupy one of four walls in a new bathroom at the park. Aguayo's will be the only female work represented in the new project.

"Let's let them know what a woman can do. You can have all three walls, she's got one and she's going to make it go big or go home," Betty Bangs said of her friend. "I love bragging about her." 

Earlier this year, Aguayo's art was chosen as to represent Chicano Park Day on their 49th annual poster. 

--Xicano Park Day 2019! Mark your calendars -- #chicanopark #chicanoparkday2019 #mexicanosunidos @mipuracultura @califazteca @aztecasbasketball @chicanonation @tarascanstate @smg_antonio_gtc @thundr_one @tetriswai @deityart @_goshine_

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Thank you, ladies, for inviting me to be in the show. If you go Saturday you will see a little piece by me titled "Xicana Power" By Lexy Love.

The 3rd annual art exhibition Chicana: Liberated & Empowered opens at La Bodega Gallery in Barrio Logan on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 5-10 p.m.

Below are all the participating artists, photographers, poets and DJs:

A Boogie, DJ
Aliyah Lucero
Ana Maria @anamariasart
Berenice Badillos @bbadillos

This is “la sad girl”. She was such an important process piece for me. Communing with this emotion when everyone tells you to be strong was humbling. Now that I’ve chilled with her, I realize strength is in validating all your emotions. Loss is powerful and sadness necessary. I love this piece but feel that symbolically she should go into the world and commune with those with heavy hearts that need love and light. This original piece can be yours for an unbelievable price tomorrow at Iron Fist Brewery. She’s small 5”x7” but she’s spicy.#chicana #chicanaart#arttherapy#fundraiser #ironfistbrewery #migrants#heretostat#immigrantrising#spiderwoman #berenicebadilloart #sadgirl #arttherapy #ndnuarttherapy #advocate #ally #sanctuary

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Carmen L Kalo @pinturaycultura
Chata @chata_sdxca
Chula Maiz @chulamaiz_jewelry
Claudia Gomez-Zepeda @indigenaurbana
Connie Perez @thinkconnie
Diana Death, DJ
Emilia Cruz @cruzemilia
Empress Rita, DJ
Ghia Dulcia Larkins @ghialarkins
Guadalupe Perez @guadalupe.nereida
Janice Luna
Jasmine Garcia
Jennifer Cooksey @after_dark_creations_
Jessica Petrakowski @artbypetrikowski

Thank you @semillaluna, @refugiomusicstudio and everyone involved for letting me and @cesarcastaneda2078 be a part of your Brown Love art show ❤️ (biohazard art piece by the amazing @cesarcastaneda2078 --✨❤️) ((swipe to see some of my art)) ❤️✨-- . . . . . #art #artist #chicana #love #proud #sandiego

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Jessica Santiago @artofjessicasantiago
Joni Nunez @lachicarte
Julita Corrales, Poeta
Karina Velasco @vk.artist
Karina Zuniga @zunkphotography
La Vaga, DJ
Lexy Love
Llorona Zepeda @llorona_61904
Luz Maria Clayton @artebylmc
Maira Meza @mmeza1980

Honoring my momma for this Saturdays Group Art Show @labodegagallery. One bad ass mujer. Shes one of the strongest woman I know. Born in Tijuana , immigrant, young wife, learned English, volunteered, worked. We ALWAYS had the most delicious home cooked meals and raised 4 kids all while maintaining her home, marriage, job and the challenges life brought especially with raising my crazy ass! Gracias Ama por ser una gran mujer ❤ Happy Woman's Day! QUE VIVA LA MUJER! #mmeza #labodegagallery #barrioartcrawl

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Malorie Delgadillo @lovealumni
Maria Karina @kalifornialove
Maribel Herrera @Maribel_e_herrera_
Marina Valverde
Marlene "Downer" Pasillas @downer_1992
Micaela Barragan @azuloscurodesign
Miss Kenya @misskenyaphotos
Neomi, Poeta @nayyomee_
Pamela Sanchez @pambamsd
Rocky Aguayo
Sabrina Zarco @sabrinazart www.sabrinazarco.com
Selina Calvo @littleselin
Semilla Luna @ojoamor
Sew Loka @sewloka
Soni @soni_artist
Theresa Palafox, Poeta
Yessenia M Hulsey @artsyfartsymofo
Yvette Roman @yvette_roman​